What Outdoor Hanging Flowering Plants Can Handle Full Sun & Heat?

Plants for full sun are able to take the hottest part of the day in direct light without withering or dying. Hanging flowering plants need to be able to grow as container plants. Full sun plants are good for many applications, but they are especially good for hanging baskets on pergolas or other full sun areas.

Thorny Elaeagnus

The thorny elaeagnus is alternatively known as spotted elaegnus, silverthorn and Elaeagnus pungens. It is an evergreen shrub, fast-growing and drought-tolerant, that is fragrant and attracts birds. It will get 15 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Flowers are bellshaped, cream in color and bloom in the fall through winter. Flowers become red to brown fruits. Plant a thorny elaeagnus in partial sun to full sun, and in any soil. Propagate by seed, hardwood cuttings or softwood cuttings.


The lantana plant is alternatively known as shrub verbena and Lantana camara. It is an evergreen shrub that is fast-growing and good for containers. It will attract butterflies to the area. It can get 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Leaves are 2 to 5 inches long and smell bad when they are crushed. Flowers are clustered, are 1 to 2 inches wide and vary widely in color. Plant a lantana in any soil (it will adapt) and in sun or partial shade. Propagate via summertime cuttings or by seed.

Climbing Fern

The climbing fern is alternatively known as old world climbing fern, Japanese climbing fern and Lygodium spp. It is an evergreen perennial that is good for indoor use and for containers. These plants have bright green leaves, brown stems and can grow up to 100 feet long. Plant a climbing fern in shade or in sun if you want spore production. Keep soil damp and propagate via spores.


The petunia is alternatively known as Petunia x hybrida. It is an easy-to-grow perennial grown as an annual and good for containers. Flowers can be between 2 inches and 4 inches wide depending on cultivar. Flowers are mostly funnel shaped and come in all colors. Leaves and the stems smell and are sticky. Plant a petunia in good soil in bright sun, and propagate via seed.

Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

The yesterday today and tomorrow is alternatively known as brazil raintree and Brunfelsia pauciflora. It is an evergreen shrub good for containers. Flowers are 2 inches white, and colors change from purple to lavender to white. The plant will get 3 to 8 feet tall and 2 to 5 feet wide. Leaves are 3 to 6 inches long and leathery. Plant a yesterday today and tomorrow plant in full sun, and water regularly. Propagate via spring or summer tip cuttings.

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Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.